November 17, 2015

Immortal Robusto (5 x 54)

(due to getting as many reviews in before the end of the year there will be no video review today)

Famous has just released a new cigar line in collaboration with the esteemed Plasencia cigar company.

Immortal cigars utilize a heavy hitting blend consisting of a complex mixture of all Nicaraguan tobaccos, from its mix of longfiller tobaccos, binder, and habano wrapper. But perhaps the real story lays in its utilization of all Ligero tobaccos in its core. The result of this blend is a full strength cigar with complex flavors, with a rich and slightly spicy flavor to round out a customer’s smoke. Already hailed as a home run under the Immortal name, it seems as if this cigar will soon take the industry by storm.

“Wow, is this ever a flavor bomb,” exclaimed Famous Smoke Shop editor and cigar reviewer Tommy Zarzecki. “I mean, I’ve smoked strong cigars in the past, but this one is close to taking the cake. The utilization of all ligero tobaccos is something that is rarely done in this industry because it’s typically so heavy. But the blender was able to find tobaccos from all over Nicaragua, more specifically the three main regions of Esteli, and the Condega and Jalapa Valleys, and combined them in a way where you get a strong cigar while allowing a true tobacco flavor shine through. It’s complex, it’s flavorful, and it’s strong. In my book, that’s the perfect recipe for a cigar that offers pure relaxation after a full meal or at the end of the day to help unwind.” Immortal cigars are available in four sizes – a 7 x 50 Churchill, a 6 x 60 Magnum, a 6 x 52 Toro, and a 5 x 54 Robusto. With Famous’ full box discount pricing, customers can enjoy this new offering with individual retail prices which range from $2.60 to $3.12 per cigar.

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper Color: Natural
Wrapper Origin: Nicaraguan
Wrapper Leaf: Habano

The Immortal looks great and has a nice oily wrapper. The band is all gold foil and the name is a little hard to read but in the right light you can see it. The cigar has a nice feel in the hand; nice density.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were sweet, tangy orange citrus, brown sugar and a lot of pecan notes with light black coffee at the base.  The pepper appeared to be a white pepper rated at a 7 1/2.

A little over an inch in and the flavors are about like they started but now there is a touch of sweet white chocolate toning down the orange citrus. It mellows out the tangy notes a touch but adds a lot of sweetness. The finish is a nutty sweet cream with some lingering white pepper. The pepper is very good in this cigar. I call it a white pepper because it is not as potent and bold as black pepper but it is still very good. I would call the cigar medium bodied at this point. The cigar is burning very evenly.

2+ inches in the sweet citrus has another sharper flavor which reminds me of strawberry. The brown sugar and black coffee are still going strong. The pecans are becoming somewhat subtle but they still add a nice flavor to the overall mix. The white chocolate is also somewhat subtle but it still acts as a force to mellow out the sharp sweet citrus and strawberry-type flavors. The pecans are very noticeable and to be honest, very nice. I would call the cigar medium to full bodied at this point.

The cigar continued along the same path until the end. It had a nice burn time too. The only noticeable change was the steady decline in the white chocolate notes. They pretty much went away and became overwhelmed by the other sweet notes; citrus, strawberry, and brown sugar. The pepper remained very good and at times tasted more like a black pepper. The pecan notes remained subtle but still very noticeable and nice. The coffee made a nice base to keep everything balanced. The finish remained unchanged in flavor but the pepper steadily got better. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied.

I found this to be a very good cigar. I really liked the sweet notes. This is a cigar that could be enjoyed any time of day. The Plasencia factory did a great job on this cigar.

Score: 92

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